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Anonymous homer glen, il said...

At the end of the story is Doug dead or hallucinating again about Andy?
I enjoyed this book!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get asked that question a lot, as you can imagine. The truth is, I don't know! The ending can be read in more than one way. Maybe Doug is dead and experiencing some sort of weird afterlife. Or maybe he is in a coma in the burn unit. Or maybe he is institutionalized and hallucinating. Or maybe there is an other explanation. But no matter how you choose to read it, things are not going well for Dougie.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous jody said...

Are Dougie's descriptions of Andy accurate or is Dougie describing what he thinks Andy would have become?

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dang, i should probably finish the book before i read these spoiler comments, huh?

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jody,

Pete Hautman here. Since the entire book is from Dougie's point-of-view, it's impossible to say how accurate his recollections of Andy might be. And because Andy was a few years younger than 17 when he died, Dougie has to invent a good deal of what he perceives Andy to be. So I'd say that most of what we see of Andy is a product of Dugie's imagination.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug was so strange! I think his parents handled the situation horribly. If you were the parent of Doug, would you have locked him up a long time ago?

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have any kids, so it's hard to say what I'd do. But I don't think I'd lock him up. I like Doug. But I might keep a closer eye on him. --Pete H.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous kara said...

did you have to research on mental illness?

7:28 AM  

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